Celebrating nurses across St. Joseph’s

During National Nursing Week (May 6 to 12), we celebrate the important contributions of nursing across our organization.

Through their knowledge, skill and compassion, nurses make a difference in the lives of the patients and families who come to us for care. We acknowledge our nurses’ commitments to continuous learning and their dedication in supporting the next generation of health care providers.

We are grateful for their dedication to patient-centred care, and thank our nurses for their efforts in earning the complete confidence of those we serve.

A patient undergoes an MRI at St. Joseph's Hospital.


What does nursing leadership mean to you?

Nursing leadership is leading by example and practicing what you preach. A nurse leader is someone who is in the trenches with you when you need them, but lets you fly independently when you don’t.  A nurse leader is a true team player who is as caring and supportive to other nurses as they are to patients, and is an advocate for patients and team members.

- Lisa Magoffin, RN, Operating Room, St. Joseph’s Hospital (pictured above)

Nurses in group

What does a typical shift look like for you?

My shift involves the care of 37 residents and leading a team of personal support workers. A typical day begins with medication administration and completing treatments. I process and carry out all of the doctor’s orders and complete any required referrals. I also work alongside families and support persons, providing assistance and managing any issues, all while collaborating with other care team members.
- Guytree Mahipaul, RPN, Mount Hope
(Pictured above back row L to R: Ben Siobal, Tabitha Melo, Samantha West Front L to R; Norma Cedeno, Lenie Siobal,  Guytree Mahipaul)

Andrew Marlowe

Did you require specialized education/training for your role?

While I have a Masters in Nursing with a specialization in education, the most important training for my role comes from the years I spent working as a direct care nurse in mental health. You can’t be an effective educator without knowing the subject matter well, which requires not just academic, research based knowledge but practical experience working with patients.  

- Andrew Marlowe, Nurse Educator, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care (pictured above)

Donna and Melissa

Describe a highlight from the past year

Seeing incredible positive change in a patient who transitioned from requiring total mobility assistance, to being discharged from with only a walker. 
-Melissa Lawrence and Donna Jarvis, RPNs, Rehabilitation, Parkwood Institute Main (pictured above)


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